Wednesday, September 05, 2012
If the All Blacks don’t flog Los Pumas on Saturday night, I’ll be surprised. I know Brendan Telfer doesn’t want to see a 'pantsing', ‘it’s not good for the game’ he sniffs, but I don’t care about the good of the game. I care about our boys actually turning up for 80 minutes and putting whoever they are playing to the sword. And then some.
They’ve played some pretty good football in parts this season, but generally they’ve won not because they’ve been good, but because the opposition has been worse. The third test versus the Irish was perhaps an exception.
What I’d like to see, and expect to see, is a performance which doesn’t include dropped ball and passes to the ankles or head. I want straight line out ball, a menacing pack and aggression bordering on violence. I want quick distribution through the centres to the wings; simple moves executed well, complex moves executed even better, patience on attack, no forwards out wide and a clean sheet on defense. I want speed and accuracy. I want perfection.
Is that too much to ask?
Well it’s not too much to ask, but it might be too much expect.
As far as a close game is concerned, what’s so appealing about that Mr Telfer? Good for the game? Good for the comp? Or good for Argentina? Sure as hell it isn’t good for the All Blacks, and that my friends, is where my loyalties lie.
Remember Athletic Park 1996 versus the Wallabies? That’s what I’m talking about.
We are not there for the betterment of world rugby.
We’re here to humiliate it.